FIR Interview: Betterific Co-Founder Micha Weinblatt

Betterific has been described by many as Reddit for customer feedback. On the social site, users complete the statement, “Wouldn’t it be better if…” Otis, the elevator company, might be intrigued by the suggestion, “Wouldn’t it be better if, when you select the wrong floor in the elevator, you could unselect the floor you clicked by mistake?” As on Reddit, users can also comment on suggestions and vote them up or down. (The elevator idea had amassed eight upvotes, for…

A hangout on the future of communication

In just three weeks’ time, on June 18, FutureComms14 takes place in London. This one-day conference, organized by MyNewsDesk UK, will firmly ask a big question: “What’s the future of communications?” The line up of speakers will offer some compelling answers to it that will undoubtedly include insights. You really can’t ask for more from an event. I’ll be there, too, moderating a panel discussion on the technologies of PR and chipping in with a few perspectives as well in…

FIR Interview: Scott Monty on leaving Ford Motor Company

Updated on May 31, 2014 Scott Monty sent shockwaves through the social media marketing community when he announced on his blog that he had resigned as Ford Motor Company’s top corporate social media director. His gracious post credited others rather than focusing on his own accomplishments, but there is no doubt that Scott’s profile rose as he innovated attention-grabbing approaches to employing social media on behalf of one of the biggest and oldest big-iron companies in the world. The commentary…

Making politics interesting again #EP2014

If Nigel Farage has achieved one other thing apart from his seismic shifting of the political landscape in the UK following elections for the European Parliament across the European Union on May 22, it’s making politics more interesting again. And not just in the UK, either. Unquestionably overshadowing the election for local government councillors that also took place in many constituencies in England and Northern Ireland last week, Farage’s UK Independence Party (UKIP) – firmly to the right-of-centre in political…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #757: May 26, 2014

Updated on May 31, 2014 Intro: Two FIR interviews coming this week: with Micha Weinblatt, CEO of Betterific; and with Scott Monty, ex-Ford Global Digital and Multimedia Communications Manager; Quick News: The public is mostly okay with content marketing, L’Oreal targets ads based on hair colour in online photos, Simon & Schuster creates book line for YouTube stars; ten things we learned from Deloitte’s latest report into the media habits of UK consumers; Ragan promo; News That Fits: The evolution…

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